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Centrally-located Oakridge is one of the smaller and younger communities in Vancouver. Originally home to little more than a golf course and a hospital, Oakridge began to come into its own in the 1960s as one of the original suburban enclaves built around a shopping centre.
Rectangular in shape, Oakridge runs from Granville Street in the west to Main Street in the east, along W 41st in the north and W 57th in the south.
History Of The Housing Market
Only now entering middle-age, Oakridge is still very much characterized by its suburban roots. The area mainly consists of single-family dwellings on comparatively large lots. There are a limited number of apartment complexes available for renters, but they are less expensive than other areas of the city. As the region ages, Oakridge has become home to several assisted-living residences that cater to the older population who want to continue to enjoy the comfortable lifestyle on offer in Oakridge.
Predating Oakridge by several decades is the pristine and public Langara Golf Course. Playable and affordable, the course is open year-round, which is fairly unique for Canada. Aside from the golf course, Oakridge has a few smallish outdoor parks: Montgomery, Tisdale and Columbia. The Langara Family YMCA provides a number of indoor recreation programs for families and children.
Restaurants & Shopping
Oakridge Shopping Centre is the focal point of retail activity in Oakridge. Anchored by major chain stores and a multiplex cinema, this commercial paradise offers Vancouverites substantial convenience in one easily-accessible location. The stores and restaurants on offer reflect the relative affluence of the area and cater to every desire. Adjacent to the Centre itself are the Oakridge Towers, home to medical offices and pharmacies. pharmacies are plentiful in the Oakridge Centre Towers. The shopping experience is enhanced by several smaller strip malls that complement the larger Centre.
Schools In The Area
As Oakridge is smallish in nature, schools in the neighbourhood are generally within walking distance. The largest institution in the area is of course Langara College on E 49th, adjacent to the golf course, which caters to young adults seeking higher learning. Sir Winston Churchill Secondary on 57th and the private King David High School instruct adolescents, while Sir William Van Horne and Sir William Osler intern the little ones. Just south of Oakridge are Sir Wilfrid Laurier Elementary and J.W. Sexsmith Elementary, while north of 41st is École Sécondaire Jules-Verne and Vancouver College. There are also two Montessori preschools: Forget-Me-Not and Montessori World.
Given its central location, Oakridge sees a lot of commuter traffic, primarily north-south along Granville, Oak, Cambie and Main. Downtown, UBC and the City of Richmond are all easily accessible from Oakridge. Public transit is frequent and robust, and the recent addition of two Skytrain stations on the Canada Line (41st/Cambie and 49th/Cambie) has really enhanced the flow of people to and from the area. Pedestrian traffic is limited, primarily to the shopping centre. Cyclists will find the location of Oakridge makes their commute relatively easy.